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Cry and onions

Mine eyes smell onions: I shall weep anon. (William Shakespeare)

Onions can make even Heirs and Widows weep. (Benjamin Franklin)

An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh. (Will Rogers)

Calvin: Why are you crying mom? Mom: I’m cutting up an onion. Calvin: It must be hard to cook if you anthrpomorphisize your vegetables. (Bill Watterson)

The trouble with crying over an onion is that once the chopping gets you started and the tears begin to well up, the next thing you know you just can’t stop! (Laura Esquivel)

Bert’s wallet is like an onion. Any time he opens it, he starts crying. (Brendan Morrison)

When we peel onions, we must at the same time think of someone we love who is dead, otherwise it’s wasted tears. (Francois Cavanna)

Onions make me sad, a lot of people don’t realize that. When I’m cutting onions, I’m sad. Because the plight of onions, it’s sad. But people don’t realize I’m actually crying — they think I’m just reacting. (Mitch Hedberg)

Narcisse fell in love. For this crime the gods changed him into a flower. This flower gives migraine and its onion does not even make you cry. (Jean Cocteau)

I understand the big food companies are developing a tearless onion. I think they can do it — after all, they’ve already given us tasteless bread. (Robert Orben)

Onions features

In onion is strength; and a garden without it lacks flavour. The onion, in its satin wrappings, is among the most beautiful of vegetables; and it is the only one that represents the essence of things. It can almost be said to have a soul. (Charles Dudley Warner)

I am thinking of the onion again…. Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples. (Erica Jong)

The delicate spear of the onion pierces upward. (Walt Whitman)

Onions do promote a man to veneryous actes, and to somnolence. (Andrew Boorde)

The onion being eaten, yea though it be boyled, causeth head-ache, hurteth the eyes, and maketh a man dimme sighted, dulleth the senses, ingendreth windinesse, and provoketh overmuch sleepe, especially being eaten raw. (John Gerard)

There are two types of onions, the big white Spanish and the little red Italian. The Spanish has more food value and is therefore chosen to make soup for huntsmen and drunkards, two classes of people who require fast recuperation. (Alexandre Dumas)

When the onion bolts in the second year, it sprouts a bare stalk, straight, three or four feet high, swollen towards the middle, bearing at its summit a stalk the size of a fist, composed of lilies. (Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz)

In the string bag, the bow sticks out with
green arrows,
the magical creation
of the rains,
and soils,
drunk with warmth.
Pleasant bow spring
earthly news. (Ksenia Nekrasova)

People and onions

I think sometimes that people are like onions. On the outside smooth and whole and simple but inside ring upon ring, complex and deep. (Karen Cushman)

Man is like an onion. His potential is exposed one layer at a time until all he is, is known by all. (Myles Munroe)

People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs, and it is difficult to say what makes them onions or hyacinths. (Eudora Welty)

According to the artichoke theory, man had some inner essence, or “heart”; according to the onion theory, once you had unwrapped all the layers of society off of man, there was nothing there. Seen from this perspective, the idea of an onion masquerading as an artichoke seemed sinister, even sociopathic. (Elif Batuman)

Quite simply, you end up cherishing an Onion Man with no center. (Damian Pettigrew)

A woman’s chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

I will not move my army without onions. (Ulysses S. Grant)

It’s toughest to forgive ourselves. So it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself. (Patty Duke)

Life and onions

Life is an onion that we peel while crying. (André Masson)

Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. (Carl Sandburg)

The secret of life is like an onion. There are many layers to unravel before you get to the core! (Gudrun Zydek)

Life is like an onion: you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it. (James Huneker)

Yes, life has many onions. (Skip Coryell)

When I say that life is like an onion, I mean this: if you don’t do anything with it, it goes rotten. So far, that’s no different from other vegetables. But when an onion goes bad, it can either do it from the inside, or the outside. So sometimes you see one that looks good, but the core is rotten. Other times, you can see a bad spot on it, but if you cut that out, the rest is fine. Tastes sharp, but that’s what you paid for, isn’t it? (Steven Brust)

Gardening and onions

When you plant an onion under a willow, you don’t necessarily get a weeping willow. (Francois Cavanna)

«Never sow Spring Onions and New Potatoes in the same bed.» I did this by accident last year. The fact is, when the onions were given to me, I quite thought they were young daffodils; a mistake any one might make. (Alan Alexander Milne)

Drunk cabbages shake their donkey’s ears and mounted onions bump into each other, breaking their balls swollen with seeds. (Jules Renard)

Green things were growing—young onions—and the man who was weeding them paused from his labour long enough to sell me a handful. (Jack London)

“And what was the bow like in Swabia this year?”
The king turned to the Swabian again.
— Let me bow to you for your demand:
A most excellent bow has been born. (Heinrich Heine)

Quotes about gardening

Food and onions

Banish the onion from the kitchen and the pleasure flies with it. (Elizabeth Robins Pennell)

It’s probably illegal to make soups, stews and casseroles without plenty of onions. (Maggie Waldron)

Contrary to the opinion of many, the onion is not objectionable as an article of food. Judiciously used it fills as important a place in cooking as salt or any other seasoning. (Edwin Giles Fulton)

It was for bringing the cook tulip-roots instead of onions. (Lewis Carroll)

Strongly flavored vegetables, as cabbage, onions, etc., should be cooked in a generous quantity of water, and the water in which onions are cooked may be changed one or more times. (Edwin Giles Fulton)

Love and onions

When he looks into your eyes, tells you he loves you—and the pickled herring and onions are stronger than his voice—yet you still smile. (Valya Dudycz Lupescu)

When a couple of young people strongly devoted to each other commence to eat onions, it is safe to pronounce them engaged. (James Montgomery Bailey)

Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration. (Charles Dudley Warner)

This is every cook’s opinion —
no savory dish without an onion,
but lest your kissing should be spoiled
your onions must be fully boiled. (Jonathan Swift)

Truth and onions

Truth has as many coats as an onion… and each one of them hollow when you peel it off. (Helen Waddell)

Doesn’t truth have seventeen envelopes like onions? (Paul Claudel)

Is truth then an onion from which one only peels the skin? What you do not put in, you never take out. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Newton had a very good description of gravity, back in the day, and then Einstein came along and dug a little bit deeper. Science is like peeling an onion. You go deeper and deeper and deeper, and it doesn’t stop. It’s not like you will get to a right answer. (Dallas Campbell)

Smell and onions

Most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath. (William Shakespeare)

Do not eat garlic or onions; for their smell will reveal that you are a peasant. (Miguel de Cervantes)

Onions emit so disagreeable an odour that no truly polite person will eat them when liable to inflice their fumes upon others. (John S. Marr)

Despite the cleanliness, a smell of cooked onions, locked in since the day before, poisoned the hot air. (Émile Zola)

Wild onions

The Wild Onion bears open clusters of rose-purple flowers that droop in the bud, but rise gradually as they bloom, until the fruits are erect. They blossom in midsummer and are found in foothills, meadows, and aspen and spruce woods at 5000-10000 ft. (Edith S. Clements)

The wild onions which grow so plentifully in this country, and which the cattle are very fond of, give a very unpleasant taste to the milk. You may remove it by heating the milk as soon as it has been drawn from the cows. (Frederick Marryat)

François’ grouse were plunged into the kettle. These, seasoned with wild onions, nasturtium, and prairie-turnips—which Lucien had gathered along the route,—made a dish that was far from unpalatable. (Mayne Reid)

Poet and onions

One praises the dramatic poet who knows how to elicit tears. – Even the most puny onion has this talent, with which he shares his fame. (Heinrich Heine)

But the garden is even more cheerful
And thicker and more generous than in summer.
Look! Parsley and leek
As if created by a poet… (Sasha Cherny)

And what about poems – poems are radish,
Heartburn, onion.
Poems are sprinkled out of risk,
Poems are fright. (Pavel Zaltsman)


The pots were earthenware, in the shape of backless elephants; instead of a back, they had a recess filled with earth; in one elephant grew a most wonderful leek, and in the other a flowering geranium. The first elephant served the old men as a garden, the second as a flower garden. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Unwatered spring-sown bulbing onions are impossible. Leek is the only allium I know of that may grow steadily but slowly through severe drought; the water-short gardener can depend on leeks for a fall/winter onion supply. (Steve Solomon)

Medicine and onions

My own remedy is always to eat, just before I step into bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold. (George Washington)

The onion tribe is prophylactic and highly invigorating, and even more necessary to cookery than parsley itself. (George Ellwanger)

Attitude to onion

I don’t like the grilled onions for some reason. I like regular, crispy, stinky onions. (Chrissy Teigen)

I do not like onions. It’s so funny because I am probably one of the least picky eaters ever. Pretty much any type of new food, I’ll try it, I’ll eat it. But onions, and pork. Pork and onions. (Stacie Orrico)

Onion cutting

When chopping onions, just chop onions. (Michael Pollan)

It’s about all the sad stuff; just picture a depressed onion cutting itself. (Bo Burnham)

Onion sauce

Before Julia Child there was only onion dip. (Susan Branch)

Onion sauce! Onion Sauce! (Kenneth Grahame)


Although our grandfathers and ancestors smelled of garlic and onions, their spirit was high. (Mark Terentius Varro)

Acting is like peeling an onion. You have to peel away each layer to reveal another. (Juliette Binoche)

Take any philosophy book and read it, fresh onion in hand, you will see the difference. (Clement Lepidis)


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